Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Sunday said that President Donald Trump’s executive orders regarding economic woes due to the COVID-19 pandemic are just a “stunt.”
“It’s a stunt. There’s no doubt about it,” Clinton said.
Hillary Clinton calls President Trump's exec. orders a "stunt" and "diversion," saying "he signaled that he's going after Social Security and Medicare … he was talking about ending financial contributions we all make into Social Security and Medicare through the payroll tax." pic.twitter.com/wI5YlqLokA
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 9, 2020
“Most likely, as even Republican senators have said, unconstitutional, bypassing Congress, trying to spend money, he has no authority to direct,” the former first lady said. “But it’s also meant to be a big diversion from the hard work the Congress should be engaged in to provide the kind of relief that tens of millions of Americans need.”
“We are still in the midst of this pandemic,” she continued. “Sadly, we didn’t take the steps for long enough to try to bend the curve, except in a few places around the country, so we’re still coping with it.”
“And we can’t act like it is back to normal,” Clinton went on. “People are still unemployed in great numbers. Small businesses have been shuttered, are gasping for help. So the Congress needs to act.”
Clinton isn’t the only prominent Democrat to criticize President Trump’s recent executive orders:
Uh…Pelosi slams Trump's executive order as an 'illusion' in 'Fox News Sunday' interview | Fox News https://t.co/LZsEipnSWP
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) August 9, 2020
Clinton added on Sunday, “But I think there was something else very significant in what Trump did the other day. Basically, he signaled that he is going after Social Security and Medicare. I don’t know if he understood that.”
“You never know what he knows and doesn’t know about how the government operates,” Clinton said. “But basically, he was talking about ending the financial contributions we all make into Social Security and Medicare through the payroll tax.”
— The Hill (@thehill) August 9, 2020
Then the failed 2016 Democratic presidential candidate reiterated that the executive orders were a “stunt.”
“So, yes, it was a stunt, most likely unconstitutional,” Clinton emphasized. “He doesn’t really have the authority to do what he tried.”
“But he sent a signal to voters that, you know, if you were unfortunately unlucky enough to have him be president again, you can watch what he is going to do to Social Security and Medicare,” she added.
“It’s going to hurt not just elderly Americans but every American,” Clinton finished.
"He doesn't really understand much beyond his talking points," political scientist Christina Greer says about President Trump's recent news conferences. "He fundamentally doesn't understand the difference between a bill, an executive order or memo."https://t.co/WfqPJnqWse
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 9, 2020
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